Danny Ings tested positive for Covid-19 following the Liverpool fixture


Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says Danny Ings may have been contagious with Covid-19 when he scored the winning goal against Liverpool last week.

However, despite Hasenhuttl’s concerns, Ings’ former club have suffered no adverse reaction since their defeat at St Mary’s on January 4.

There have been no positive Covid-19 tests at Anfield in the past 10 days.

Ings is expected to miss Saturday’s trip to Leicester after a period of self-isolation, his manager confirming the England international tested positive for Covid-19 following the Liverpool fixture.

Because of the proximity of the positive test to that game, Hasenhuttl suggested it was conceivable Ings could have passed on the virus during the course of that evening. 

"We have had one positive test since the Liverpool game, Danny Ings is out, he has been 10 days now in self-isolation," said Hasenhuttl.

"That meant in this game (Liverpool) he was also maybe contagious, I think it is 48 hours before you can be before you have a positive test.

"We have had no further positive tests so far, that means our protocols (which) we are sticking to and our guidelines that we really follow are very disciplined."

Liverpool have gone through their usual routine tests since the Southampton game, none of which have been positive.

Liverpool played Aston Villa in the FA Cup last Friday and are continuing to follow strict protocols at their Kirkby training HQ in preparation for the visit of Manchester United this weekend.   Southampton hope Ings will return a negative test in the next 24 hours. That could enable him to rejoin training on Friday, although his absence from training over the past 10 days means he remains a major doubt for the Leicester game.

Meanwhile Hasenhuttl feels if clubs follow the stringent regulations, then there should be no dampening down of goal celebrations.

"When you stick to the guidelines you can also work, as we do everyday together, celebrate together like we did after the Liverpool game and I think this is enough," the Southampton boss said.

"You never know, but this showed me that when you stick to the protocols you have to control the risk.

"There is a reason why the Premier League decided to let us play football, this is what we are doing.

"For me, part of football is the duels, with the players playing together, and part of football is celebrating when you score a goal.

"I think the protocols and experiences we made so far shows that it works."